Martin Beaumont is the uncompromising owner of a successful vineyard that lies in the peaceful Gloucestershire countryside. He has built the company steadily over the years, with a small but dedicated team by his side. However, he is forceful with his views on the business, much to the resentment of his more senior members of staff. So when he is found dead in his car, DS Hook and the rest of the team don’t have to look very far to find their suspects. An embittered accountant, a disturbed and ill-treated wife, a former mistress, a glamorous research and development director, a genial shop manager and an ambitious chef – which one of them was driven to commit murder?